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Explain the differencing reactions /feelings of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2?

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Explain the differencing reactions /feelings of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2? During the war everyone had different opinions and feelings towards the evacuation process and the intention of this essay is to get across the view of every type of person. The different groups of people during WW2 were children, government, and host, parents who went and parent who didn't go. Each of these groups had an opinion on evacuation although each individual had there own experiences during the evacuation period from good to bad. Around 200,000 parents applied to send their kids to America but only a few actually got the chance to, parents feared that Britain would be heavily occupied. Many people wanted to send their children to America, as it is very far away therefore a lot safer. The Parents who went with their children during ww2 often had problems in the hosts' houses due to them not being able to get used to the slow life of villages. In a textbook by David Taylor in 1988 stated "unfortunately many evacuees could not settle in the countryside" They had come with no husband as they were in the war so they were living with strangers in which sometimes they didn't get along due to personality clashes and this made some mothers get there children and go home, it was hard for the mothers as there were no chip shops or busy shops like they were used to. ...read more.

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Many children who were being evacuated were excited to go and were happy to comply as it was seen as a big adventure. A series of short ministry of information videos called 'Keeping the wheels turning: women and children at war 1939-45' said that it was a 'Big Adventure' in which they would get 'new friends' and would have 'new things to see and do'. Most of the children loved the new home in the countryside as they had new experiences such as seeing farm animals and being in the fresh air instead of smoky, busy towns. Furthermore most of the children loved their new schools and 'came early as they were excited'. They got to have milk just like all the other country children, they learnt new things, made new friends, became independent and had fun as they had plenty of time to play with their new friends and on the village green they also had a sense of community and safety around them. Also there were many bad things such has many children felt like visitors to the family not part of the family, they got pushed aside and were ignored. Some hosts treated their evacuees very badly. Most evacuees stayed in their host's house for 5-7 years and, if children were evacuated at a very young age, when they returned home at the end of the war there was a very good chance they wouldn't ...read more.

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was' it did show bad points such as a girl getting a mix-up with luggage but that was it, this reassured the parents. A picture was taken in September 1939 showing evacuees walking to the station in London this picture showed children happily walking with their friends, they are all smiling this would reassure parents that its enjoyable for their children and that they are doing something good and fun for there children. The government help set up the community for evacuee's by setting up community halls and feeding centres this makes the evacuees feel more comfortable and takes the pressure of the hosts for a bit, it didn't always go smoothly but mainly it worked very well. The government must have thought it was working, as they didn't send the entire children home, they kept them there and in my opinion it was worthwhile. The main attitudes of people during the evacuation process was that children found it positive as did the government, hosts' opinions varied as hosts had difficult times yet good times. The parents' attitude was mainly negative especially after evacuation, as their children had returned as completely different people. Everyone is individual and therefore everyone had different experiences and felt different things. It is impossible to say fully who liked and supported evacuation and who didn't, or who enjoyed it and who didn't as everyone was different. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chloe Matthews 10D ...read more.

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